“With the signature of President Obama, we reach the end of a long, tortured path leading to a new five-year farm bill,” he said. “I believe the resulting dairy program will provide an effective and reasonable safety net, one that we have been striving to create these last many years. Whatever its shortcomings, it is far better than the programs it replaces.”
John Wilson, senior vice president for Dairy Farmers of America, the nation’s largest dairy cooperative, agreed.
“After five years of working toward a Farm Bill, we are thankful to have a new bill, which replaces outdated dairy programs with an important risk management tool that will help the nation’s dairy farm families maintain financial stability,” said Wilson. “The unified voice the dairy producer community expressed during this process is admirable, and while the final bill does not reflect the exact policy we had proposed, we achieved our goal of creating dairy policy that will better serve U.S. dairy farmers.”